Autumn Scotland 2010
Autumn in the Cairngorms 9th October 2010
Such a striking difference to see the comparatively ‘rolling hills’ of what once was home compared to the view from my base in Chamonix of 2000m of vertical mountain of the north side of the Aiguille du Midi!
I’ve been working on a training course for potential mountain leaders, based out of Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms. The week long course culminated in a 2-days mini expedition where the candidates camp high up in the mountains to be amongst good terrain, day and night, to practise their navigation and leadership skills.
The first day of the trip provided us with excellent weather: high winds and nil-visibility clagg!; a great journey around the Northern Corries, on up and round Ben Macdui and down to the camp-site next to Loch Etchachan, all with about 15m visibility! The pea soup continued on into the night for the night navigation exercise, but finally after breakfast, the cloud cleared and the morning sunshine and the surrounding mountains were a welcome sight.
The team really appreciated the overnight camp in the middle of a wild mountain area; we were in a perfect location to enjoy the amazing morning light as we headed straight onto the next peak of Beinn Mheadhoin. Navigation no longer quite as essential today, the map was just useful for naming distant hills.
The journey continued down to the Saddle and on round to the ski area in Coire Cas, completing our circuit of Loch A’an and its surrounding crags and gullies.
Coigach and the NW Highlands 12th October 2010
A short excursion to the hills north of Ullapool, an area known as Coigach. Just to be there, to visit some friends and a quick climb of Stac Pollaidh.